Teachers are kind of a big deal. They work hard all year shaping little minds and building character in our little humans. This year, in particular, teachers have really been through it, having to adapt and navigate through uncharted online learning structures and a million new safety measures for in-person learning. Keeping everyone motivated and excited to learn has been an extra challenge in 2020. If there’s ever been a time to show some extra appreciation to your child’s teacher, it’s this holiday season.
But what do you give to a teacher to show just how thankful you are to have them in your child’s life without breaking an already “seasonally stressed” bank account? Personally, I think hand-made gifts are a great way to do both and can also be a fantastic way for your child to get involved in the gift-giving and gift creation process. Here are 3 DIY gift ideas that are easy for anyone to recreate.
What’s better than a long relaxing soak after a busy teaching day? Homemade bath bombs are surprisingly easy to make. Last Christmas we put together several mini pamper day kits for my daughter’s teachers which included these DIY bath bombs, some canvas bags we purchased at Michaels and personalized with iron-on vinyl, mini nail polishes we split up from a multi-pack, and some delicious chocolate squares. These were a good way to create inexpensive gifts since we had several teachers who rotated in my daughter’s class to shop for (the larger canvas bag was for the main teacher and we also included a Starbucks Gift Card with her gift).
My daughter was only three when we made these bath bombs together and she had the best time mixing the ingredients, putting them in the molds, testing out the “prototype” herself, and proudly handing them out to her teachers.
Succulents or Small Plants
Another favorite gift we’ve given in years past are live plants. Plants make thoughtful teacher gifts that be displayed on the teacher’s desk throughout the school year and bring a little of the outdoors into the classroom. Succulents are a good option because they require little oversight or green-thumb. They are also one of the easiest plants to propagate if you really want to save money or make something from scratch!
We painted a small terracotta pot and stenciled on the word “grow” on ours because it seemed fitting for both a plant and a teacher’s desk. You could use a vinyl transfer if you have a Cricut or Silhouette machine and use any word or phrase you’d like. On the plant pot or the gift tag a personal message like “thank you for helping me bloom” is a good way to make a plant an extra appropriate gift for a teacher.
Painted Tote Bag
This dot painted tote bag is another DIY gift that your child can help make themselves. You can purchase an assortment of canvas “blanks” at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, such as tote bags, makeup bags, aprons, and cushions. I purchased a medium-sized tote bag and 2 small bottles of fabric paint at Hobby Lobby (for around $2.50 per item) and some of the poster-board letter stickers from Dollar Tree. After selecting a word to personalize the bag, I stuck the letter stickers on, and then my daughter helped dot on the fabric paints, using glue gun glue sticks to make the dots. We did one color first and let it dry, then layered over with dots in the second color. Once everything was dry we peeled off the letter stickers. We also used my Cricut machine to create a vinyl iron-on of the teacher’s name in a cursive font and ironed it onto the bag underneath the word “learn”(not pictured).
You could fill the bag with treats for the teacher, such as bath and shower accessories, or a coffee mug and coffee beans from a local coffee shop.
You can find more ideas and inspiration on how to give the perfect teacher gift here. I hope these DIY’s have inspired you to get creative this holiday season and make your teachers’ gifts extra-special.